DVD - 2009
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Carol is a fragile, frigid young Belgian beauty cracking up over the course of a terrifying weekend. Left alone by her vacationing sister in their London flat, she finds herself haunted by specters, real and imagined, as her insanity grows to a violent pitch.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, 2009.
Edition: Special ed. widescreen.
ISBN: 9781604651768
Branch Call Number: DVD REPU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jun 12, 2019

Brilliant. A classic--probably Polanski's best film. Nuanced and incredibly well-lit. The bells. The freaky street musicians. The victim of childhood abuse "lives" out her life... The film is the reaction to her abuse--no one helps her. Very close to the perfect film.

Oct 22, 2017

A spaced out young woman had gone utterly mad when left alone for 10-12 days in an apartment that she shared with her older sister. Catherine Deneuve at 22 years old in 1965 acted woodenly with empty stares except during her hallucinations. Agree with some that the pace was slow. However, I can see the attraction in contrasting the glacial sequences to the swift carnage that followed. Not as shocking and complex as Polanski's 1968 "Rosemary's Baby," but a gripping horror thriller for Halloween. For a critic guru's review, see "Summary."

Sep 15, 2014

This is a 1965 British psychological horror film directed by Roman Polanski.
Although Polanski says that it is far from a cheap horror movie, I think this is one of those horror-for-horror's-sake films with little story.
In the "Making of Repulsion," Polanski says, "Don't ever ask me about this film."
Well, I gather that he doesn't even know how come Carol acts like that himself.
He didn't even do any research into her mentality.
That's what he says.
The scece of a dozen hands sticking out of the wall appears so ridiculous that it looks like a haunted house for kids.
It is a total letdown.

Jun 03, 2014

At first this movie bored bored BORED me to tears.... but once it starts it is amazing! To this day it's got moments that are downright terrifying... so stick with it.

NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

Roman Polanski is actually my favorite director of all time, but this is one of maybe two or three films he's made that I dislike. Polanski himself calls it his "sloppiest," and says it's "technically well below the standard [he tries] to achieve," and I have to agree.

MrXander Jan 23, 2014

Maybe if I had gone into watching this expecting some silly camp romp - but, alas, I went into this waste of celluloid expecting (100% on Rotten Tomatoes) cinematic magic. Uninteresting characters, acting out high-school drama class depictions of neurosis and desire, in over-the top melodramatic, painfully predictable scenarios. It took real effort (with hopes of some kind of redeeming ending) to push on until the boring end.

rufus_red4 Nov 21, 2012

Wow, this movie is dark and disturbing and not an easy watch, I did it in 3 viewings a little bit at a time. I wonder why anyone would want to tell this story but here it is. No one does psychological torture like Roman Polanski and for what it is, he creates a pressure cooker with a master's touch. This is a definite precursor to 'Rosemary's Baby' with the femme fatale theme. I can see elements that Darren Aronofsky may have borrowed for 'Black Swan'. Like Aronofsky, I wish Polanski had done more in the horror genre, maybe it's not to late?

Oct 30, 2012

If nothing else, Repulsion certainly was a mighty bizarre, little tale about madness and murder._____ Released in 1965 and filmed in stark b&w, Repulsion starred the gorgeous, young beauty, Catherine Deneuve._____ At a very ripe 22, Deneuve convincingly played the character of Carol, a London manicurist and certified (blonde) space-cadet._____ In Repulsion director Roman Polanski skillfully stripped away, step-by-step, the apparent innocence of Carol's alluring and soft-spoken facade to reveal to us a human mind that was so deranged, deteriorated and disgusted by even the touch of a man that it plunged this frigid, iceberg of a woman into a world of mad, sexually-charged hallucinations of rape and the inexplicable envisioning of the apartment walls splitting open._____ And not even when the delusional Carol resorted to the horrid task of brutal, butchering murder could this long-repressed demon of man-hating and insanity (that lurked so undetected within) be exorcised._____ With a musical score containing strains straight out of "Psycho", Repulsion is certainly quite a grim, little shocker that's bound to leave the viewer feeling mighty uneasy about things long after the whole horror-show is all over.

Apr 29, 2012

Unfortunately, this film fell flat for me from the beginning. I could not care for any of the characters, especially for Carol who I thought of as silly overall. I have not seen any other films done by Roman Polanski so I cannot say if slowness and boredom is the norm for his films, but I can certainly say that I was bored nearly to tears with this one.


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Oct 31, 2012

Violence: Brutal scenes of murder.

Oct 31, 2012

Sexual Content: Hallucinations of being repeatedly raped.


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Oct 22, 2017

-Don't look so sad. The time will pass very quickly.
Are you still going away?
-Oh Darling, please don't start that again.
How long are you going for?
- I've told you.
How long?
-Ten or twelve days. No more than that?
I've been waiting over an hour.
-What for?
Well not for Christmas. We made a date, remember? We're having supper tonight!
-I forgot.
Well next time you forget, maybe you'll let me know.

Oct 31, 2012

"Why are all men such pigs?"


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Oct 22, 2017

Repulsion: Eye of the Storm
By Bill Horrigan

First paragraph:

We enter Roman Polanski’s harrowing Repulsion as if in the middle of the story, but it’s actually the beginning of the end. Polanski unceremoniously drops us into a beauty salon where a pampered matron takes to task our heroine, a manicurist who bites her own nails, played by Catherine Deneuve, as insufficiently focused. “Have you fallen asleep?” chides the cosseted client. Giving us no insight into her daydream, Polanski establishes our relationship with this impenetrable girl, whom we will barely get to know even though she’ll be the film’s main focus.


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